Podomyrma gratiosa - muscleman tree ant
South Australia

photograph © Alex Wild 2005

A large Podomyrma worker forages on a tree trunk.  These ants are almost exclusively arboreal, and their swollen legs contain muscles to help them grip the bark firmly.

Australia, SA: 12 km NE Naracoorte.
Black Cockatoo Bush Camp.
36º51.841'S 140º49.396'E, 90m, 18.x.2005
Lowland Eucalyptus forest, grazed.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS D60, using a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.